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20 of the Best Places to Take Engagement Photos in Greenville, SC

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20 of the Best Places to Take Engagement Photos in Greenville, SC

If you've ever wondered, "Where should we take our engagement photos in Greenville", you need not wonder any longer. As a weddings and engagement photographer in Greenville, I've searched, scouted, and have come to find a few places that I love and my clients do as well. The following list contains places that are public, open, private, intimate, large, small, and in between, offering you a little bit of what Greenville, SC has to offer.

1. Falls Park on the Reedy

Nothing is more iconic to Greenville than Fall's Park on the Reedy. This park is nestled right in the center of downtown, but offers a natural getaway with several pockets to take photos. Liberty Bridge stretches across the Falls and offers architectural eye-candy. Because Falls Park is so central, it his highly requested. However the park is so big that you're guaranteed to find an area private and quiet to take your photos. If you prefer more privacy, avoid scheduling shoots during high traffic times of the day.

If Greenville is significant to you and your partner, consider having your engagement photos taken at Falls Park.

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2. The Loft at Soby’s

The Loft at Soby's is a charming event venue located in Downtown Greenville. The Loft sits above the Soby's restaurant. For couples who want a more cozy, secluded engagement session with a private rooftop, check out The Loft at Soby's.

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3. The Village of West Greenville

The Village of West Greenville has undergone some significant changes in recent years to deem it Greenville's arts district. While new developments continue to pour in, The Village has managed to keep its charm. If you're looking for downtown proximity without the downtown traffic, head to The Village of West Greenville for your engagement photos.

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4. Furman University

Furman University has a beautiful campus that features a rose garden, the Furman mall, and the Furman lake to name a few. Furman is really green if you prefer a well-manicured and natural feel to your engagement session.

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5. Hyatt Regency

Downtown Greenville's Hyatt Regency is a photographer's dream with large windows that allow the most beautiful light to pour in. The Hyatt can offer both a formal and casual feel for engagement photos.

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6. McPherson Park

McPherson Park is located in Downtown Greenville just a short walk away from the city's center. McPherson is lush and green during the warmer months for an outdoorsy-inpsired engagement session.

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7. Legacy Park

Legacy Park was inpsired by NYC's Central Park and is located in the Verdae area off of Rocky Slope Road. There is lots of green space at Legacy Park for you to take advantage of while taking your engagement photos.

 

9. Wyche Pavilion

If you're at Falls Park you may as well visit Wyche Pavilion while taking your engagement photos. 

 

9. The Venue at Falls Park

The Venue at Falls Park recently opened and offers a modern, intimate space with white washed walls.

 

10. Taylor's Mill

The Taylor's Mill community and venue is located out in Taylors, SC. Taylor's Mill is an actual mill that has been revitalized. If you are looking for an industrial element to add you your engagement photos, consider Taylor's Mill.

 

11. Rock Quarry Garden

 

12. Cedar Falls

 

13. Lake Conestee

Lake Conestee Nature Park is located in Mauldin. Lake Conestee is for nature lovers.

 

14. Heritage Park

 

15. Southern Bleachery

 

16. Campbell's Covered Bridge

 

18. Poinsett Bridge

 

19. The Loom at Cotton Mill

 

20. Wildcat Falls

 

21. Caesar's Head


These are a few of my favorite places that I've taken engagement photos at around the Greenville/Upstate area as well as places I'd like to one day shoot at. While I am primarily based in Greenville, I love to travel to cities like Asheville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbia, and Charleston. If you're looking for other options, I have an arsenal of locations I'd love to share with you to consider for your engagement shoot.

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3 Ways To Feel Comfortable on Camera with Your Partner

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3 Ways To Feel Comfortable on Camera with Your Partner

A successful photo shoot with your partner includes a few things:

  1. You both become relaxed around me and with each other

  2. The two of you share a laugh.

  3. You find a moment of connection in which you completely forget I’m even there.

All of my client’s favorite photos are those that are less posed and more moments. If you haven’t worked with me before you may wonder how in the world can I get this comfortable with my significant other AND have a stranger capture it.

Well, first of all...I’m no stranger. Or at least, I won’t be by the time our session is over. I take building realationships (yes,I meant to spell it like that) with my clients very seriously. I respect the fact during a couples session you are making an investment to celebrate your relationship with photos, and in return, I invest time to get to know the two of you better. I believe that this is the first step in creating your most treasured images together.

I also know that feeling comfortable on camera takes time as well and I will be sharing 3 ways you can feel comfortable on camera with your partner.

Get Awkward

I want us to reframe how we think about awkwardness. When we experience it, it is a level of unfamiliarity. Take away the initial nerves, stress, and discomfort from a situation and you no longer experience awkwardness. In order to get the photos you really desire, overcome the feeling of awkwardness by getting awkward. You are free to just be, no matter how many unfl attering faces you make or however many times you mistakenly blink mid-shot.

Fun Fact: I’ve never received feedback from a client that said “hey, I look really silly in this photo” It’s not about how you look; it’s about how you feel during the session and the memories that come to mind when you look back at your albums.

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Talk About Each Other

Nothing brings a couple together quite like affirming one another does. Another way to get more comfortable with your partner on camera is by talking about one another. What do you love? What do they do to make you laugh? What’s a story about them that you’ll never forget? This is truly when I take a step back and let the moment unfold. Although you’re talking about your partner, you’re entering into a moment of genuine connection by acknowledging the things that make being with your significant other worth it. Talking about one another generally leads to a moment like this:

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Come Prepared To Love on Your Partner

Preparedness is key no matter what kind of photo session you invest in. You can find many resources on what to wear for your engagement shoot, places to take your engagement photos, etc. But there is a a level of mental preparedness you must also be mindful of.

Come prepared to love on your partner. Write down a few things you love most of about them.

If you’re not comfortable with getting physically close on your own, I can’t promise to magically make your photos appear as if you do. Spend some time the day before your session, or even hours before, sitting next to one another, holding hands, making some time for genuine conversation. It’s a much needed ice breaker for going into a session where you plan to celebrate your connection.

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The prerequisite for a couples session that feels free, organic, and fun is to have a solid foundation, a little prep work done, and embracing each other for who you truly are. If you’re interested in booking a session with your significant other for an engagement, anniversary, or just because, contact me here so we can begin discussing how to create a session for you and your lover that leaves you with reminders of why loving them is worth it.

 

Hey there! I'm Latoya & I'm a wedding and couples connection photographer. I understand that that being behind the camera can feel a bit uncomfortable if you only do it once or twice a year (if that many times), but I'm here to help allay those fears and provide you with photos that make you remember why being with your partner is absolutely worth it!

Hey there! I'm Latoya & I'm a wedding and couples connection photographer. I understand that that being behind the camera can feel a bit uncomfortable if you only do it once or twice a year (if that many times), but I'm here to help allay those fears and provide you with photos that make you remember why being with your partner is absolutely worth it!

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Intimate Engagement Session at Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, SC | Cat & Lauren

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Intimate Engagement Session at Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, SC | Cat & Lauren

When I contacted Cat to move forward with our consultation for hers and Lauren's wedding, she suggested that I meet her at the Tipsy Taco, a local Greenville taco joint. I knew that no matter the outcome, I would love them. Fortunately, they chose me to photograph both their engagement and their wedding.

We met up at Falls Park which is an iconic Greenville landmark. The park is one of my favorite places to shoot at (and most requested) because there are several nooks and crannies you can find that look different for each couple.

We explored the park and got some beautiful shots and later headed inside for coffee at Spill the Beans. Lauren sealed the cozy vibe by playing a song on her guitar.

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Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
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We ended the session by going to the Village of West Greenville. During that weekend the Great American eclipse was occurring. Cat and Lauren was prepared with their eclipse glasses.

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5 Questions Your Wedding Photographer Should Ask You

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5 Questions Your Wedding Photographer Should Ask You

A consultation with your photographer usually focuses on what the photographer can provide you as a couple, but you should always be prepared to answer a few questions yourselves.

Why a Consultation?

If at all possible, I aim to schedule in-person consultations with any couple interested in hiring me to shoot their wedding.  I am very much an introvert, but your wedding day is too much of a liability to be stuck with a photographer you who don't communicate well with or have any doubts about whatsoever. Consultations are a time for us to get to know each other-- for you to see how much I'd much rather hear the two of you talk about how the you met and for me to gage the best way to engage the two of you. Come wedding day the ice will be broken and we can focus on creating a day to remember.

It's About You, Not Me

Many of the articles you'll find online about consultations focus on what you should ask your photographer. There's a lot of good info out there in addition to not so good info.  Be sure that the questions you ask are those you truly need clarity on and not just because you saw it on The Knot (yes, we know about that incredibly long list of questions they recommend you ask us).  During your first consultation with me, it truly is about you, not me. I ask the following questions to show you why:

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5 Questions Your Wedding Photographer Should Ask You During The Consultation

  • How did you meet?

    • As someone who is genuinely interested in getting to know two individuals, I like to know the point at which you two first met and where you were as individuals.  Not only does this give me a frame of reference for your interests, hobbies, and sometimes occupations, but there are times when we can schedule the engagement shoot at the same location--just like Alix and Ryan did here.
  • What made you say yes?

    • I ask this question to the partner who was proposed to. Alternately, I also seek to find out at what point the proposer found themselves ready to pop the question.  And as soon as I do, the smiles begin to form. Who doesn't like to hear their partner praising them for being a kind, genuine, and supportive individual (at least that's usually what my couples have to say about each other)?
  • What is your budget?

    • Yes, your photographer should ask you about your budget. Talking about money usually puts people on edge, but at the end of the day your photographer needs to know whether or not they can offer you what you're looking for within a budget that suits you. If their pricing is outside of your budget, let them know. They shouldn't take it personally; it's part of doing business. And if they are within budget, be sure to let them know that too! Remember, this is a conversation.
  • What is the most anticipated part of your wedding day?

    • You never want to wait for your photos to be delivered from your wedding day and find that that one moment you wanted to hold onto is not in your album.  Your photographer should be mindful of your most anticipated moment of the day so that all eyes (and lenses) are pointed in the right place at the right time.  
  • What type of photos in my portfolio do you like best?

    • Okay, I lied. It's a little about me. But it's for your benefit. Asking which photos in your photographer's portfolio you like best is to ensure that you're hiring me for the unique style that I offer.  There are times when clients book a photographer only to ask them to duplicate the style of another photographer. Make sure that what you see on my website and social media is what you expect to receive.

When you're ready to schedule your consultation with me, be prepared for these questions. You'll find that meeting with me is not a sales pitch or an interrogation (by you or me), but a friendly conversation to determine how compatible we are. That's right, it's not just about your compatibility with your partner! I want to ensure that once you leave our consultation, you feel comfortable sharing your momentous wedding day with me.

If you're engaged and ready to book with me for your wedding, reach out to me here to schedule your consultation! I look forward to meeting you (preferably over tacos or donuts)!

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Rooftop Engagement Session at Greenville's Soby's | Alix + Ryan

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Rooftop Engagement Session at Greenville's Soby's | Alix + Ryan

Hometown Love

When Ryan and Alix first met they both worked at Soby's in Downtown Greenville. He was a bartender and she was a server. Little did they know at the time they met at Soby's that they both grew up in and around the same area of New York. Nevertheless, they found each other right here in Greenville, SC.

The Loft at Soby's

Because Soby's marked the beginning of their friendship and eventual relationship, Alix and Ryan decided to have their engagement session there. Little did I know that right behind the Soby's restaurant is another building called The Loft at Soby's where private events are held. Stepping into the building, we were led up a flight of stairs into what was a staged heaven for a photographer. There were several bars that made Ryan feel right at home and a quaint little living area where they got to relax and chat about their upcoming move back to New York.  Not only that, but Ryan and Alix immediately got cozy. See their gorgeous photos below.

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Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Rooftop Engagement Session Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography

Ready to book your engagement session? Contact me here!

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Engagement Session at Falls Park Greenville, SC | Megan + Alonso

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Engagement Session at Falls Park Greenville, SC | Megan + Alonso

Falls Park on the Reedy, Greenville, SC

Falls Park on the Reedy is Greenville's most well-recognized landmark. Right in the heart of downtown, this park offers many options for families, kids, and pets. For a photographer, it gives plenty of variety even with its hundred of visitors-- its lush greenery, sleek design of Liberty Bridge, and hidden nooks throughout.

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Megan and Alonso took their engagement photos at Falls Park. With plenty of style and class between the two of them, they showed off their love for each other and their alma maters.  We had a great session that morning.

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Wedding Photographers in Greenville Latoya Dixon Photography
Wedding Photographers in Greenville Latoya Dixon Photography
Wedding Photographers in Greenville Latoya Dixon Photography
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Wedding Photographers in Greenville Latoya Dixon Photography
Wedding Photographers in Greenville Latoya Dixon Photography
Wedding Photographers in Greenville Latoya Dixon Photography
Wedding Photographers in Greenville Latoya Dixon Photography
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Ready to Book a Session?

Enjoyed these photos and like what you see?  I would love to work with you to make your engagement a prelude to the fun you'll have on your wedding day! Let's get your date secured on my calendar fast though, as there is limited availability.

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